This is my story

About me starts as a doctor. I studied medicine, did a minor in journalism, worked as an intern at a medical magazine and then started my training to become a dermatologist. I already knew for a long time that I wanted to go in a different direction. The plan was to finish my education as a dermatologist and then put the diploma in a drawer. After all, I just had one more year to go. Someone said to me: “it’s just one year, but still one whole year of your life.” I quite one year before I got my diploma.

Drawing illustration
Self portrait with illustration folder
children book illustration
Illustration process painting
Sketching for thesis design

I knew that I wanted to do something creative, apart from that I had no idea. The future was a white canvas. I followed model drawing classes at the local art school and a course in graphic design. A couple of former colleagues and a good friend did a PhD and they asked me if I wanted to design their thesis cover. This is how it started. Now, I’m already a couple of years further and I’ve designed over 400 thesis covers.


What I enjoy is combining your personal story with your scientific subject. I love it that I need to switch on my brain all the time. I feel like a scientific journalist every now and then: I get to know a lot of what is going on in the scientific world. My brain has become a ‘creative fountain’. At first the ideas came with drops, now it’s a constant stream. I know exactly what I need to do to let it flow: walking, cycling and in the morning when I haven’t completely waked up yet the ideas come. Mostly I talk to you, I write down some key words on my hand and then go off for a walk. As soon as I can let things go, the idea pops into my mind.


Now, the ideas do not only appear on the basis of a thesis, but also by itself. Two years ago I started making my own picture book. A personal project, that has grown to be a real book, published by Lemniscaat and in the stores at the end of this year. I’m very proud and still can’t believe I’ll hold my book in my hands soon. The story is about friendship and how sharing makes things even more beautiful. I hope the book will fill my readers with a warm feeling. Then, it’s really finished.

Picture book illustration

About me = about us

About me is actually about us. I work together with Mariska, who is my big support and amazing at doing the inside of your thesis. We do what we are both best at, so 1+1 =3 and you get the best possible result.

Thank you!

The photos on this website were taken by Veronica Morales. She takes pictures using natural daylight and helps creative freelancers like me to show their proces. She’s also a wonderful cook and shares delicious vegetarian recipes on her website!

What do you think about me?

Enough talk about me by me. So, what do you think? Here are two reactions of which I’m very proud:


“It was a pleasure to design the cover of my thesis with the help of Evelien. She takes a lot of time to get a good understanding of your work and, maybe even more crucial, Evelien tries to understand what is important to you personally. What is your taste in shapes, colour etc! She translated both of these things into a beautiful cover for me! I would recommend Evelien to every PhD student who is looking for an original cover with a personal note!”


“Evelien designed my thesis cover. She was able to capture my wild ideas and embed them in a single illustration, and I’m gratefully for that. I definitely recommended her work. She is super organised, follows all the deadlines, always involves the client in every step of the concept and design of the illustration. Thank you for your professionalism and dedication to make this important event (PhD thesis) in my academic life prettier.”


Would you like to read more about what others thought? Have a look at my LinkedIn page or at Google.